If it was a "thumbs up Monday" for the New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, then the rest of the week might just be two thumbs up. News is sounding good that the Jets quarterback will practice this week and, if all goes according to plans, will start this Sunday at the Houston Texans.
Fitzpatrick had surgery on Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb, an injury he suffered three weeks ago in a loss at the Oakland Raiders. His surgery, one day after the Jets Thursday night home loss to the Buffalo Bills, meant that he was home resting on Monday and did not practice. Head coach Todd Bowles sounded hopeful on Monday during his press conference that Fitzpatrick is doing well enough to play and practice this week.
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His optimism is shared by others, with a league source telling Metro New York that Fitzpatrick "is currently on track to practice this week and play."
"He is recovering well and doing great," the league source said. "He's getting a bit antsy and definitely wants to return to the field and with his teammates. But everyone is pleased with his recovery.
"Is he ahead of schedule? I think it is fair to say he is healing well and on track. If all continues to go he will be in practice this week – Todd is right it could be on Wednesday. And he's definitely on track to play on Sunday. He's feeling well, responding well. The surgery went as well as one could hope for."
Fitzpatrick, who has started all nine games for the Jets this season, has the Jets currently with the No. 20 passing offense in the league. It certainly isn't lofty heights but compared to last year when they were the worst passing offense in the league, this year certainly shows strong improvement.
The Jets passing offense this year is averaging 59.8 yards more through the air then in 2014.